|Publication number||US7966947 B2|
|Application number||US 12/118,501|
|Publication date||Jun 28, 2011|
|Filing date||May 9, 2008|
|Priority date||May 11, 2007|
|Also published as||US20080276838|
|Publication number||118501, 12118501, US 7966947 B2, US 7966947B2, US-B2-7966947, US7966947 B2, US7966947B2|
|Inventors||Jon W. Roleder|
|Original Assignee||Earthlite Massage Tables, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (30), Non-Patent Citations (1), Referenced by (3), Classifications (10), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims priority on U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/928,764 filed on May 11, 2007 and entitled “RESTING DEVICE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A TABLE AND A TROLLEY”. As far as is permitted, the contents of U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/928,764 are incorporated herein by reference.
As the benefits of therapeutic massage are becoming more widely appreciated, more and more people are participating in therapeutic massage. A typical massage table allows the patient to be resting while receiving a massage. Salon procedures such as manicures, pedicures and facial treatments have also become very popular for many people. A typical salon chair allows the patient to be relaxing in an inclined position while receiving a salon procedure. Important features for massage tables and salon chairs include high strength, support, stability, rigidity, and ease of usage. Additionally, whether a patient is receiving a massage or a salon procedure, the person performing the massage or salon procedure often utilizes one or more procedure related materials during the procedure.
The present invention is directed to a resting device assembly for supporting a person above a surface during a procedure on the person. The resting device assembly includes a resting device and a trolley. In certain embodiments, the resting device includes a device top assembly having a padded device top that supports the person during the procedure. The trolley defines a storage area for storing procedure materials that are usable during the procedure. In some embodiments, the trolley is movable relative to the resting device between a storage position, wherein the trolley is positioned substantially beneath the resting device, and a working position, wherein the trolley is positioned next to the resting device. When the trolley is in the working position, the procedure materials are easily accessed from the trolley for use by the person performing the procedure.
In one embodiment, the trolley includes a trolley base that defines a storage area for storing the procedure materials, and a trolley top that is selectively movable relative to the trolley base between a retracted configuration and an expanded configuration. The trolley top includes a substantially flat trolley surface for supporting the procedure materials during the procedure. In one embodiment, the trolley further includes a top connector assembly that connects the trolley top to the trolley base and allows the trolley top to be selectively moved relative to the trolley base between the retracted configuration and the expanded configuration.
In one embodiment, when the trolley is in the storage position, it can be selectively attached to the resting device.
In certain embodiments, the resting device is movable between an inclined chair configuration and a substantially planar table configuration.
In some embodiments, the resting device includes a device frame that supports the device top assembly. In these embodiments, the device frame includes a frame base, a frame leg assembly having a plurality of spaced apart legs that support the frame base and the device top assembly above the surface, and a height adjuster that adjusts the length of the plurality of spaced apart legs so as to raise and lower the device top relative to the surface. In one embodiment, the frame base is a substantially rigid frame base that significantly increases the overall strength, support, and stability of the resting device assembly.
The present invention is also directed to a method for manufacturing a resting device assembly for supporting a person above a surface during a procedure.
The novel features of this invention, as well as the invention itself, both as to its structure and its operation, will be best understood from the accompanying drawings, taken in conjunction with the accompanying description, in which similar reference characters refer to similar parts, and in which:
As an overview, in certain embodiments, the resting device assembly 10 allows for improved support and movement of the resting device 12. In particular, the leg strength and stability of the resting device 12 is greatly increased by being independently supported by a rigid frame. Further, the trolley 14 provides a convenient location to store and position one or more procedure related materials 15 (illustrated as a box in
The resting device 12 supports a person above a surface 13 (illustrated in
In some embodiments, the resting device 12 is convertible between an inclined salon chair configuration 12A, as illustrated in
In the embodiment illustrated in
The device frame 16 is rigid and supports the device top assembly 18 and some of the other components of the resting device 12. In one embodiment, the device frame 16 includes a frame base 20, a frame leg assembly 22, and a height adjuster 24 (illustrated in phantom). In
In one embodiment, the device frame 16 is really stable and rigid, and functions as a unibody structure that supports the frame leg assembly 22 and the height adjuster 24. In this embodiment, the resting device 12 is able to provide significant support, stability and rigidity for the ease and comfort of the person receiving the procedure and for the person administering the procedure.
The frame leg assembly 22 supports the frame base 20 and the device top assembly 18 above the surface 13. Further, in certain embodiments, the frame leg assembly 22 allows for height adjustment of the device top assembly 18 relative to the surface 13. The design of the frame leg assembly 22 can vary. In
The height adjuster 24 moves the upper leg sections 22B relative to the lower leg sections 22C to adjust the height of the device top assembly 18 relative to the surface 13. In one embodiment, the height adjuster 24 includes four electrical, actuators 24A. For example, the height adjuster 24 can include four linear motors. Each of the actuators 24A is designed to electronically move one of the upper leg sections 22B relative to its respective lower leg section 22C. With this design, the actuators 24A can be controlled to precisely adjust the length of the legs 22A and, correspondingly, the height of the device top assembly 18 relative to the surface 13.
In one non-exclusive embodiment, each actuator 24A is a ball screw type motor, in which the motor rotates a ball screw to selectively move the lower leg section 22C relative to the upper leg section 22B. In this embodiment, a single control system 25 (illustrated as a box in phantom in
The device top assembly 18 supports the person above the surface 13 during the salon procedure or massage. The design of the device top assembly 18 can vary. In the embodiment shown in
Additionally, the device top assembly 18 can include a top mover assembly 18B that moves the four top sections of the padded device top 18A between the configurations 12A, 12B. The design of the top mover assembly 18B can vary. In one embodiment, the top mover assembly 18B can include one or more electrical motors and/or linkages to move the four top sections of the padded device top 18A. Alternatively, the four top sections of the padded device top 18A can be moved manually and/or the resting device 12 can be designed so that the top sections of the padded device top 18A do not move relative to each other.
Further, the resting device 12 can include an armrest assembly (not shown) having a left armrest for supporting the left arm of the person during the manicure treatment on the left hand, and a right armrest for supporting the right arm of the person during the manicure treatment on the right hand.
The trolley 14 provides a convenient location to store and position one or more procedure related materials 15 for use during the procedure. For example, the trolley 14 can store and position one or more lubricants, chemicals, towels, facial treatment tools, and hot and cool therapy devices used in the massage or salon procedure.
The design of the trolley 14 can vary. In some embodiments, the trolley 14 is movable relative to the resting device 12 between a storage position 17A (illustrated in
In one embodiment, the trolley 14 is movable between a retracted configuration 26, as illustrated in
When the trolley 14 is in the retracted configuration 26 it can be moved easily between the storage position 17A and the working position 17B. In certain embodiments, the trolley 14 is sized and shaped so that it can only be moved into the expanded configuration 28 when the trolley 14 is in the working position 17B or is otherwise positioned away from the storage position 17A.
As illustrated in
In one embodiment, the trolley base 30 is generally shaped like an open, rectangular box. With this design, the trolley base 30 defines a storage area 35 (illustrated in
The trolley base 30 can include a plurality of wheels 36 that allow the trolley 14 to be moved relative to the resting device 12. For example, the trolley base 30 can include four spaced apart wheels 36 that allow the trolley 14 to be selectively and freely moved under, away from, and around the resting device 12.
The trolley top 32 provides a substantially flat trolley surface 37 for supporting the procedure related materials 15 during the procedure. With this design the user can easily access the procedure related materials 15 during the administration of a procedure. In one embodiment, the trolley top 32 is generally rectangular shaped.
Further, in certain embodiments, the trolley top 32 is selectively movable relative to the trolley base 30 between the retracted configuration 26 and the expanded configuration 28.
The top connector assembly 34 connects the trolley top 32 to the trolley base 30 and allows the trolley top 32 to be selectively moved relative to the trolley base 30 between the retracted configuration 26 and the expanded configuration 28. The design of the top connector assembly 34 can be varied to achieve the movement described herein. In the Figures, the top connector assembly 34 includes a pair of spaced apart connectors 38 that connect the trolley top 32 to the trolley base 30. In this embodiment, the connectors 38 cooperate with the trolley top 32 and the trolley base 30 to define a four bar type linkage that (i) allows the trolley top 32 to pivot and move upward during movement from the retracted configuration 26 to the expanded configuration 28, and (ii) allows the trolley top 32 to pivot and move downward during movement from the expanded configuration 28 to the retracted configuration 26. Alternatively, the trolley top 32 can be moved up and down in another fashion.
In one embodiment, the trolley top 32 is biased, e.g. by a spring, toward the expanded configuration 28 and held in position in the retracted configuration 26 with a latch 40. With this design, when the latch 40 is released, the trolley top 32 moves upward from the retracted configuration 26 to the expanded configuration 28 and is held in position in the expanded configuration 28. Further, the trolley top 32 can be manually urged downward to the retracted configuration 26 and maintained in the retracted configuration 26 with the latch 40.
Alternatively, for example, a motor can be used to electrically move the trolley top 32 between the retracted configuration 26 and the expanded configuration 28.
This feature is unique in that when the trolley 614 is in the retracted position under the resting device 612, the trolley 614 feature is hidden and the resting device 612 appears as a normal massage table or salon chair with a fixedly secured under cabinet.
Additionally, the trolley 614 can have a folding work light embedded in the trolley top 632. This work light can be similar to an old style accordion desk lamp or as simple as a goose neck lamp that folds into the trolley 614 for storage. The work light will be attached to the moving trolley 614, and the light will be used for assisting in therapy treatments such as facials and various skin treatments.
While the current invention is disclosed in detail herein, it is to be understood that it is merely illustrative of the presently preferred embodiments of the invention and that no limitations are intended to the details of construction or design herein shown.
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|U.S. Classification||108/3, 297/423.41, 312/194, 312/209, 297/188.01|
|Cooperative Classification||A47C19/22, A47C20/041|
|European Classification||A47C20/04A, A47C19/22|
|May 12, 2008||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: EARTHLITE MASSAGE TABLES, INC., CALIFORNIA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:ROLEDER, JON W.;REEL/FRAME:020933/0117
Effective date: 20080509
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Year of fee payment: 4
|Jul 12, 2016||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: TCF NATIONAL BANK, ILLINOIS
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